London: A security researcher today warned that there is another major cyber-attack imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems.
The UK security researcher “MalwareTech”, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”, the BBC reported. The virus, which took control of users’ files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russia.
In England, 48 National Health Service (NHS) trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland. Some hospitals were forced to cancel procedures and appointments, as ambulances were directed to neighbouring hospitals free from the computer virus.
After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.